Dear conference participant,

There are only a couple of days left until we finally meet at the 5th e-Governance Conference! This year we will welcome 466 delegates from more than 100 countries. Let us share with you the latest updates about the upcoming days.

We are pleased to welcome the Prime Minister of Aruba, The Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the IT ministers of Armenia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Eswatini, Ghana, Guinea, Iraq, Mauritius and Rwanda. Moreover, 23 ambassadors from the United Nations will also join the conference. We are honoured to have such high-level participation, which will greatly benefit the discussions.


We are finally ready to shed light on our closing keynote speaker – Liselotte Lyngsø, Future Navigator. She will envisage the future and encourage us to start training for it now. Working with a future full of turbulence and change requires a mindset that sees opportunities and creative solutions where others see problems and challenges. This is about training our future muscles, practising trendspotting and translating our new-found knowledge into perspectives that create direction and value. Look forward to being inspired and transformed!

The list of speakers has been updated with Cigdem Ertem, INTEL and Rait Raal, Reach-U. Cigdem will speak on modern infrastructure for empowering governments on 22 May and Rait on newest trends in GIS world for global good. 

Please check all 40+ speakers on the conference website and for the latest programme, follow this link.

We will have simultaneous interpretation into French and Russian for all presentations and discussions.

Please keep an eye also on Twitter and Facebook  feeds for updates. If you spread the word about the conference, don’t forget to use the conference hashtag #egov2019.


Enhance your conference experience with a networking tool! To better network with speakers and other conference participants, please use the networking tool. By entering EGOV19 as the event ID, you can create a profile and participate in Q&A sessions, give feedback, access the programme and schedule meetings with conference participants.

For efficient and smooth networking, please create your profile beforehand by following the instructions below.
1. Click on the Profile button at the bottom of the page.
2. Insert your name and occupation (photo is optional).
3. Inserting your interests is optional.
4. Browse other participants by clicking on Participants.
5. Propose meetings.
Please note that the networking profile is device-based, so it should be created on the device you will use at the event (most probably your smart phone).


Do you want to get more insights into a specific topic or case study? The good news is that after each session, we will have speakers’ corners during coffee and lunch breaks. They will be located in every conference room where the sessions take place.


VFS Global
One of the main partners of the conference is VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments. VFS Global has processed over 199 million government identity-based applications, over 82 million biometric enrolments and operates the service centres in 513 cities located in 147 countries for 63 client governments. You can find an overview of Identity & Citizen Services offered by VFS Global HERE, together with contact details for scheduling informal discussions. VFS Global’s team is happy to meet you at their EXPO stand at conference!

e-Governance Academy presents the third and updated edition of our bestselling book e-Estonia. e-Governance in Practice” and its Russian translation “Э-Эстония. Э-управление на практике” at the EXPO. The book describes the fundamental aspects of Estonia’s digital society and explains how state-level technologies, legislation, and citizen and private sector involvement systems support electronic governance. Get your copy from the e-Governance Academy booth at the EXPO!  


* Registration starts 20 May at 12:00 on the 1st floor of the Swissotel Conference Centre. On 21–22 May, registration will be located on the 6th floor of the Conference Centre. We request that you carry the conference badge with you during the event. Your conference badge is also valid as a Free Transport Pass and can be used on Tallinn public transport from 20 to 23 May 2019. To use your Free Transport Pass, please carry the badge with you.

* In case your plans have changed and you are not coming to Tallinn, please let us know by email at But even then, you can join the conference Vision track via LIVESTREAM during the event at

* The weather in Estonia can change quickly in late May. There are often sunny, rainy and windy days in Tallinn, and the temperatures range from +13 to +20 Celsius. Find out more weather information HERE.

* If you plan to stay longer in Tallinn, you are welcome to participate in the Africa Forum on Thursday, 23 May and the annual smart city conference Data and AI as Game Changers for the Cities, which will take place on 23 May 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. Visit the conference website for the programme and registration.

We look forward to seeing you all in Tallinn!
Organising team

The Conference is organised by the e-Governance Academy in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, VFS Global and City of Tallinn.  
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